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Why JA? And Why Now? Financial Literacy as a Foundation for a Better Life
Blog from JA USA

 By Ed Grocholski

Financial Literacy

At Junior Achievement, we view financial literacy as “the other literacy.” Just like reading or writing, we all deal with money on a near daily basis. Junior Achievement employs a pathways approach to teaching financial literacy to young people. By “pathways,” we mean that JA programs are designed to engage students on the subject over multiple grades, from their first days in kindergarten,...

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JA Engage- Central Iowa's Volunteer Portal

 By JA of Central Iowa

Community Involvement

Become a mentor for K-12 students. We have a great tutorial video especially for you, read on to learn more! Junior Achievement provides volunteers with training that is simple and relatable; programs that are engaging and fun; and a classroom full of eager kids ready to learn from you! As a Junior Achievement volunteer, you will inspire kids to achieve a more fulfilling career and life by...

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Why JA? And Why Now? A Response to a Changing Work and Career Landscape
Blog from JA USA

 By Ed Grocholski

Work Readiness

Junior Achievement’s proven programs are shown to inspire and prepare young people for success. Our approach is demonstrated to give students the tools they need to increase their chances of achieving their potential in work, career, and...

Student Ambassador Program

Student Ambassador Program JA of Central Iowa

 By JA of Central Iowa

Work Readiness

In an effort to highlight amazing JA students in our territory and deepen the connection to the student impact and experience, JA of Central Iowa is implementing a Student Ambassador Program. The intent of this program is to showcase the leadership and work preparedness that JA programming instills by providing a platform for selected students to apply their knowledge, skills and abilities on...

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2022 Back-to-School Survey: One-Third of Teens Say Rising Cost of School Supplies a Concern
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Financial Literacy

According to a new survey by Junior Achievement USA, a third of teens (33%) say that their parents or guardians are concerned about the cost of back-to-school supplies this...

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JA National Student Leadership Summit 2022
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Entrepreneurship

In June of 2022, 15 of Junior Achievement’s top student companies came to the Nation’s Capital to compete in the 2022 Junior Achievement National Student...

Des Moines Public Schools- 2022 JA School District of the Year- JA of Central Iowa

Des Moines Public Schools- 2022 JA School District of the Year!

 By JA of Central Iowa

Financial Literacy

Des Moines Public Schools are being recognized as one of the annual JA Partners of Impact Honorees Presented by...

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JA Emerging Leaders Board

 By JA of Central Iowa

Community Involvement

The Junior Achievement Emerging Leaders Board is committed to advance JA of Central Iowa through generating support among Central Iowa’s young business leaders. The EL Board assists with that mission by having its members actively support the Junior Achievement organization. The JAELB will be responsible for the development of future community events, development projects, marketing, volunteer...

JA Connect

JA Connect

 By JA of Central Iowa

Financial Literacy

JA Connect | Learning Pathways

Discover the dos and don’ts of running a business
Work like a boss and kickstart your career
Take control of your financial...

JA Inspire

JA Inspire- A Powerful Career Exploration Event

 By JA of Central Iowa

Work Readiness

A powerful career exploration event for middle and high school students!

Junior Achievement of Central Iowa is excited to announce a new program for middle and high schools called JA Inspire – Virtual Career Fair! This program provides schools and students with 6 month access to a virtual career fair platform where companies from across our 55 county territory and 16 career clusters will create...



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